BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The FDNY has sent a team to help with snow removal in western New York where snow Thursday brought the Buffalo area’s three-day total to an epic 7 feet or more.
Early Friday morning, about 35 members of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team left Randalls Island for Buffalo, where more than 30 roof collapses were reported overnight, officials said.
“Is it intimidating? Absolutely. Seven feet of snow is above our heads,” FDNY incident commander Jim Kane told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.
The team will provide logistical support and track the snow removal equipment on loan from across the state. It has previously helped with forest fires, Hurricane Katrina, Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
“We’ve done this in the past. Our most recent time was with Sandy, about two years ago, handling hundreds of resources at that time,” Kane told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “We come in, we help manage resources for them. We don’t go in to take over their operations or anything, we go to a system.”
The deployment came at the request of the New York State Division of Homeland Security.
“With more than five feet of snow on the ground in many areas, the FDNY wants to do our part to help our neighbors in western New York quickly get free from the effects of this deadly and crippling storm,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a news release.